Monday, May 21, 2018

Only 100 Spots Left!!

*UPDATE!!! There are only 100 spots left!* 

You can be the owner of this FANTASTIC gaming rig by helping us raise funds for our 2018 Computers For Charity Project. A donation of $5 puts your name in the hat for this amazing gaming PC donated by S&S Computer Sales.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Bleszinski’s Fall And The Perilous Fame Game

It's amazing how the arm chair quarterbacks, scumbags, and vultures come out in force in situations like this.

This has been a bruising time for one of gaming’s most recognizable figures. His team-based shooting game LawBreakers was a flop. His dream of making his own studio, one that would reflect his own vision of what games ought to look like, is over, and is unlikely to return. He laid off dozens of his employees, and he had to tell the world that he’d failed.

No More EVGA Driver DVD Disks

EVGA's Jacob Freeman's shot out a tweet today saying that the company will no longer be including driver disc with its products in favor of 8GB flash drives.

SuperMicro C9X299-PG300 Motherboard

The SuperMicro C9X299-PG300 motherboard is on the test bench at FunkKit today.

Not so long time ago we could see first gaming motherboards under the SuperO logo and each one motherboard which arrives at our redaction is better. I hope that also the C9X299-PG300 will surprise us with something exceptional. Actually, I know it will but you have to read this review to find out what is so special in the SuperO C9X299-PG300.

ASRock X399M Taichi AMD TR4 Motherboard

Grab your favorite translator and head on over to OCInside to read their review of the ASRock X399M Taichi TR4 motherboard.

Today we have another AMD thread ripper motherboard on in the test and are thrilled! This time around we're testing a small Micro ATX motherboard for AMD Ryzen threadripper processors with the ASRock X399M Taichi. The small socket TR4 motherboard was tested in the OC test with an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X CPU and even overclocked properly.

Silicon Power Armor A75 2TB USB 3.1 HDD Review

Looking for an external USB 3.0 hard drive? Those crazy crustaceans over at Mad Shrimps say the Silicon Power Armor A75 is worth your consideration.

The new Armor A75 USB 3.1 external HDD does come with a professional looking chassis, which is also very light thanks to the aluminum build, impact resistant up to 1.22m and can operate between 5 and 55 degrees Celsius. It does also come with an USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C interface and the 2TB capacity should fit most user needs for backup purposes.

Roccat Horde AIMO RGB Keyboard Review

The crew at Play3r have published a review of the Roccat Horde AIMO  RGB keyboard that is definitely worth checking out.

So much so that it’s easy for me to rubber-stamp a Play3r Gold Award in addition to a Design Award, recognising not only the attractiveness of a product aimed squarely at gamers but also the amount of thought that’s gone into it and, for the most part, the software backing it up.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Cooler MasterAir MA620P Review

Make sure you guys check out this review of the Cooler MasterAir MA620P CPU air cooler over at OCInside today.

After the MA410P and MA610P, today we are testing the Cooler MasterAir MA620P, a dual-tower cooler with 6 heatpipes and equipped with 2x 120mm fans! In the following Cooler MasterAir test, there is also the new 360 degree view, a new video and yet another video with all RGB effects in our OCinside YouTube channel.

Hands On With Kingdom Hearts III, Finally

Those of you that have been patiently waiting for Kingdom Hearts III should head on over to Kotaku and check out their hands on impressions.

Kingdom Hearts has never looked this good. I thought this while I was admiring the perfectly-placed scuffs on Hamm’s nose. Or the woven thread of Woody’s elbows. Toy Story was a great way to show off Square Enix’s graphical prowess, and it’ll surely attract new Disney fans to the series whenever it’s finally out.

Facebook Tracks You On Over 8.4M Websites

This is pretty damn scary.

Facebook is tracking you. Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, or you religiously use incognito mode, Mark Zuckerberg’s monster almost certainly has your data meticulously catalogued and stored away somewhere. So long as you’ve visited one of the over 8 million websites with a Facebook like button or tracking pixel embedded, the company has you (and it probably won’t be letting go anytime soon).

Pretty Much All Tech Demos Are Fake as Hell

Tech demos are fake? Say it isn't so!!

It’s totally possible that what we heard on stage was simply edited for one of many legitimate reasons, but many people have been lamenting the fact that Google may have stood on stage and said something was real when in fact it maybe wasn’t. But it’s a great (and important!) reminder that you should never trust a tech demo, on stage or otherwise.

Teen Wins Top Prize at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Oliver Nicholls, 19, of Sydney, Australia, was awarded first place for designing and building a prototype of an autonomous robotic window cleaner for commercial buildings at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public and the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The competition featured nearly 1,800 young scientists selected from 420 affiliate fairs in 81 countries, regions and territories.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Google Going To The Dark Side?

Google has removed the 'Don't Be Evil' clause from the company's code of conduct. Bring on the evil!

Google’s unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase “don’t be evil.” But that’s over, according to the code of conduct that Google distributes to its employees. The phrase was removed sometime in late April or early May, archives hosted by the Wayback Machine show.

Valve Cracking Down On Sexual Content?

Valve doesn't like anime boobies anymore?

Valve appears to be cracking down on sexual content in Steam games, with three separate developers claiming that they've been told their games will be taken off the platform if they don't remove some of their most explicit content.

MSI Issues Warning Against Unauthorized Dealers

Beware of fake websites claiming to be MSI. I wonder why the authorities have shut that site down already?

However, the recent phenomenon of unauthorized dealers selling counterfeit MSI products has caught our attention. We urge users to purchase MSI products through MSI authorized channels such as authorized dealers, distributors and e-commerce platforms to avoid any counterfeits and protect your own rights.

MSI Reveals Its New Radeon RX Mech 2 Series GPUs

MSI is proud to present a brand new series based on AMD's “Polaris” chipsets, the Radeon™ graphics-based MECH series. Equipped with the new thermal design, the Radeon RX MECH series doesn’t just allow for higher core and memory speeds but also provide increased performance in games. The outstanding shapes of the eye-catching MECH series cooler are intensified by a fiery red glow piercing through the cover, while the MSI dragon RGB LED on the top can be set to any of 16.7 million colors to match your mood or build. A completely custom PCB design featuring enhanced power design with Military Class 4 components enables higher stable performance to push your graphics card to the max. A classy matte black metal backplate shows the MECH 2 cards more structural strength and provides a nice finishing touch. 

People Are Mad About A FREE DOTA 2 Statue

Remember the free collector's Baby Roshan statue Valve announced last year for players that hit level 2,000?  Well, they have arrived and people are bitching up a storm. 😖

The Boring Company Flame Throwers Coming In 2 Weeks

After encountering some "interesting" delivery challenges shipping propane-filled flamethrowers, Elon Musk says he has found an equally interesting way around the problem.

The Microsoft Cloud Can Save Customers 93% In Energy And Carbon Efficiency

A new report issued Thursday by Microsoft Corp. in partnership with WSP shows significant energy and carbon emissions reduction potential from the Microsoft Cloud when compared with on-premises datacenters. These gains, as much as 93 percent more energy efficient and as high as 98 percent more carbon efficient, are due to Microsoft’s extensive investments in IT efficiency from chip-to-datacenter infrastructure, as well as renewable energy.

Intel at 50: Intel’s 1101

Intel’s 1101 static random access memory (SRAM) was the first high-volume metal-oxide semiconductor (MOS) memory and the first chip to use silicon gates. The device was the result of a challenging development process. The conceptual groundwork for metal-oxide semiconductor memory had been established before Intel’s founding, but no one was even close to a commercially viable mass production method.

The task of developing one was daunting. Tom Rowe, Intel’s first process engineer, recalled that the largest obstacle was getting a high die yield out of a wafer (Intel’s goal was 20 die per wafer), a problem he feared might be intractable: “Every time we’d fix a problem, we’d uncover another one. … For all we knew the silicon gate process was no good. We’d make process change after process change, and many design changes, but it was still yielding only about two die per wafer, which meant it was a commercial disaster.”

Intel Advances 2020 CSR Goals

Intel releases its 2017-2018 annual Corporate Responsibility Report, a comprehensive assessment of the company’s performance in areas that include environmental sustainability, supply chain responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and social impact.

As a technology industry innovator and corporate responsibility leader, Intel is committed to advancing transparency, driving performance improvements in its global operations, and exploring new ways to apply its technology to address global challenges. The report also highlights the ways in which Intel proactively collaborates with others and leads industry initiatives to drive greater impact on complex issues – from climate change and water management, to diversity in the technology sector and human rights issues in the global technology supply chain.

A Look At Intel’s 3M Square Feet of Solar Panels

Today, Intel reports on its ongoing work worldwide to reduce its climate and environmental footprint in its annual Corporate Responsibility Report. Imagine enough solar panels to cover 52 regulation U.S football fields or 47 full-size soccer fields. The company now estimates it has installed 3 million square feet of solar arrays at Intel sites in nine nations. They harvest 33 million kilowatt hours of green power, equivalent to the annual energy use of 3,700 U.S. homes. At its campuses across the U.S., Europe and Asia, Intel uses energy from the sun to heat and cool its buildings, provide lighting and produce electricity for on-campus use. Today, 100 percent of the energy Intel uses in its chip manufacturing business in the U.S. and Europe comes from renewable sources: solar, hydro, wind. Intel has for the past decade, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, been the United States’ No. 1 or No. 2 corporate buyer of green power. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

*Update #6* 2018 Computers For Charity Project!

Update #1! You can be the owner of this FANTASTIC gaming rig by helping us raise funds for our 2018 Computers For Charity Project. A donation of $5 puts your name in the hat for this amazing gaming PC donated by S&S Computer Sales.

Update #2! I want to thank Cooler Master for being the first (hopefully of many) companies backing this years Computers For Charity Project!

Update #3! We would like to thank G.Skill for supporting our annual Computers For Charity Project!

Update #4! I also wish to thank Intel for supporting our annual Computers For Charity Project!

Update #5! Western Digital has joined the list of companies supporting our annual Computers For Charity Project!

Update #6! We would like to thank the fantastic folks at SilverStone for supporting our annual Computers For Charity Project!

*ORIGINAL POST* Once again we are going to try to build as many computers as we can to donate to families in need. If you have older hardware lying around that you would like to donate (CPU, RAM, video cards, etc.), let me know! If you are a company that would like to participate, feel free to send me a message! In 2015 we build sixteen systems, in 2016 we built twenty systems, and in 2017 we donated a total of twenty four computers / laptops for those in need. As always, we are grateful for all your support!

Google: India Anti-Trust Ruling Could Cause 'Irreparable" Harm

Irreparable harm to their profits maybe. I'm assuming the "reputational loss" part was a joke.

Alphabet Inc’s Google has said an Indian antitrust ruling that found it was guilty of search bias could cause “irreparable” harm and reputational loss to the company, according to a legal document reviewed by Reuters. 

Call of Duty: Black Ops IV Reveal

GameSPot has posted an hour long video showing off the upcoming Call of Duty Black Ops 4. Other than the in-game Fallout stuff, it looks like a whole lot of the same. 😒

Lian Li Announces Availability of BORA LITE RGB Case Fans

Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd., world’s leading manufacturer of aluminum chassis for enthusiasts and custom OEM/ODM case solutions is proud to announce the availability of its newest case fans featuring RGB lighting: the BORA LITE 120(BR LITE 120). The BORA LITE 120(BR LITE 120) case fans improve on the original Bora RGB by adding a stand-out aluminum frame to give it a more reflective property for improved visual appeal. Its compatible with RGB control technologies from the top motherboard brands, allowing it to fully maximize the lighting potential of its 12 RGB LEDs.

Dumb Ass Debate of the Day

Do you hear "I'm a moron" or "I'm an idiot" when you listen to this video? Neither? That's because you are a normal person that doesn't buy into this "viral video" crap. Props to the reddit guy that started all this though, it's not easy coming up with the next "blue versus gold dress" crap. 😀

More Uber Shenanigans

The sad part is...this guy will probably win. 😞

Eric Alexander, who was fired nearly a year ago, in part for his role in obtaining the medical records of a woman who had been raped during a ride in India, has threatened to sue Uber for disparagement and wrongful termination, among other issues, according to sources.

Behind The Scenes Black Panther VFX

If you are a fan of the movie, you'll no doubt want to watch this.

How Deep Learning Is Bringing Elusive, Light-Bending Gravitational Lenses Into Focus

Gravitational lenses have long been one of astronomy’s white whales, perplexing those who have devoted themselves to finding and studying them. But by applying deep learning and computer vision to the abundant data generated by today’s powerful telescopes, scientists are on the verge of being able to use hundreds of thousands of gravitational lenses to expand our understanding of the universe.

Gravitational lenses occur when a galaxy, or a cluster of galaxies, blocks the view of another galaxy “behind” it, and the gravity of the first causes the light from the second to bend. This effectively makes the first galaxy a sort of magnifying glass for observing the second.

Intel and Mobileye Begin Testing Their Autonomous Fleet

The first phase of the Intel and Mobileye 100-car autonomous vehicle (AV) fleet has begun operating in the challenging and aggressive traffic conditions of Jerusalem. The technology is being driven on the road to demonstrate the power of the Mobileye approach and technology, to prove that the Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS) model increases safety, and to integrate key learnings into our products and customer projects. In the coming months, the fleet will expand to the U.S. and other regions. While our AV fleet is not the first on the road, it represents a novel approach that challenges conventional wisdom in multiple areas. Leveraging over 20 years of experience in computer vision and artificial intelligence, our vehicles are proving the Mobileye-Intel solution is the most efficient and effective.

Intel Tops Most Reputable Company List in China

Intel Corporation was named the most reputable company in China in Reputation Institute’s 2018 China RepTrak 100. “This is a proud moment for Intel,” said Ian Yang, president of Intel China. “We’ll keep setting the bar high for the industry in China.”

Intel ranked number one on this list. The ranking includes more than 29,500 individual ratings. It evaluated more than 280 nominated companies, representing the largest and most visible companies in China. The two most important drivers of reputation in the survey were products and services, and leadership. Notably, according to the survey, innovation is a key driver of positive reputation – with companies seen as boring or traditional taking a hit to their reputations.

Intel Vision Intelligence Transforms IoT Industry

It’s been an amazing year leading the Internet of Things (IoT) Group at Intel. During this time we have been working hard to define and develop a data-driven technology foundation for industry innovation. Our strategy is to drive end-to-end distributed computing in every vertical by focusing on silicon platforms and workload consolidation at the edge. Critical to our success is aligning our ecosystem of partners and developers to deliver the benefits. This focused effort is paying off, as Intel’s IoT business grew by 20 percent in 2017 and continued with strong growth in this year’s first quarter.